The Purple Heart is our nation’s way of saying “thank you” to those who were wounded defending it. Small recompense, perhaps, but at least it says that their sacrifice did not go unoticed.
The Purple Heart is for injuries of the body. But what of injuries of the mind? Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome has always afflicted those who may have survived the war sound in body but not in mind. Yet the U.S. military does not consider PTSD to be worthy of a medal. There is the belief that a mental wound is not a real wound. Or, the stigma that a PTSD victim is somehow lacking in moral fiber.